Financial support—in the form of lab assistantships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships—is available on a competitive basis for students in both tracks of the MA. Assistantships generally include a yearly stipend and a tuition waiver, but they do not cover academic fees or health insurance. The university does offer a substantially subsidized health insurance package.
Students awarded an assistantship generally have either a lab assistantship (for which they serve in one of the department’s lab/service roles such as equipment checkout), or in the case of students in the Moving Image Studies track, a teaching assistantship (for which they teach break-out sections of a large lecture course, after having earned 18 credit hours toward the degree). In addition, most assistantships involve a research component, for which a student would be assigned to provide research assistance to a faculty member or to a research initiative.
Assistantships are awarded to full-time students only. All students on assistantship must register for 18 credit hours per semester: 9 to 11 hours of coursework, and the remaining 7 to 9 hours in Directed Research under their assigned faculty member.
In order to be considered for an assistantship, we require that your application (complete with official GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) be submitted by the earliest deadline in spring. (February 15) Assistantships are generally awarded in the fall for the coming academic year (fall/spring).
Financial support—in the form of assistantships that include a tuition waiver—is available on a competitive basis for students in the PhD program. The doctoral program makes every effort to fund all doctoral students that we admit. We are also committed to developing the full teaching potential of our doctoral students, so that they will enter the job market with a high level of teaching experience.
The minimum assistantship for doctoral-level students is $15,000 for the academic year. Additional funding may be available in the summer, but is not guaranteed. Assistantships are renewable for four years, pending satisfactory performance and progress in the program. Assistantships generally include a tuition waiver but do not cover academic fees or health insurance. The university does, however, provide a substantially discounted health insurance package.
A Ph.D. assistantship involves 520 hours per year of departmentally assigned work divided between a teaching component and a research component. For the teaching component, the new Ph.D. student generally begins by teaching break-out sections of a large lecture course, while more advanced doctoral students can teach three stand-alone courses per academic year. The research component of the assistantship assigns each graduate student to a faculty mentor, whom the student assists for 6-8 hours per week on a research project.
Assistantships are available only to students in residence. Assistantship support is contingent upon the student’s registering in and maintaining a full-time course load, which is defined as enrollment in at least 18 graduate credit hours during each annual appointment. This 18-hour minimum is achieved by enrolling in a combination of graduate courses (three per semester is the norm, equating to nine credit hours) and “directed research” hours that do not credit to the degree program but do provide transcript acknowledgement of the research work attached to the assistantship.
In order to be considered for an assistantship, we require that your application (complete with GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) be submitted by December 1 (for entry in the following fall semester).